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Experience an Intoxicating and Wonderful Travel to India

Experience an Intoxicating and Wonderful Travel to India

Traveling as a tourist in India is oft described as chaotic, with every city filled with hardworking people, all bustling with activities by as early as 3:00 A.M. If it is your first time traveler to India, you can avoid being overwhelmed by taking a package tour. That way, your first exploration of the wonders of India will be managed and organized .

Every year, more than 10 million visitors arrive in different international airports in India, and the numbers keep growing. That alone already serves as proof that despite some of the negative feedback written and read about their India travel, they cannot deny the fact that the country has a lot of incredible places that can make the journey all worth the hassle.

Make it a point to sign up for a package tour with a specific purpose or destination, since it will take a great deal of time to explore all of India’s wonders. In most cases, you will have to choose a theme to categorize your tour; one that focuses mainly on what you plan to see and explore. Themes may include, Adventure, Wildlife, Golden Triangle, Pilgrimage, Hillstation or Destination-Specific such as Goa, Rajahastan, Kerala, Taj Mahal. North India, or South India travels.

Top Three India Destinations for Sight-Seeing

If you only have a week or so to spare for your travel in India, the top three destinations that can bring you the most exhilarating sight-seeing engagement are Agra, Delhi, and Jaipur. Keep in mind that you will be moving to different places every couple of days, which means having less luggage to lug around is more practical.

Take off point will be at Delhi, where you will be awed by the opulence of the historical sites, such as those of the Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb. Then there is Agra, where you will find the famous Taj Mahal and other historical places like the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. At Jaipur, make sure you bring fully-charged photography devices, as this is where you will capture images of India’s impressive architectural wonders. This city is filled with ornate palaces built a couple of hundred years ago.

Trekking Adventures

India’s treks and mountains draw large crowds of adventure seekers, and you will find many to trek and explore in North India, particularly in the Himachal Pradesh region. Wend your way to Kullu Valley, touted as “Land of the Gods” where you will have your fill of Hindu temples. If you are still seeking for more, explore India’s own offers of Himalayan natural environments in Terai and Bhabhar in Uttarakhand.

Actually, adventure seekers in North India can also take on skiing and white-water rafting in many of the hillstations. The ideal months for travel and trekking in these places are in September and October, after the monsoon period is over.

By the way, in case you will be visiting India to also see some relatives or friends, you may want to delight them with some goodwill presents, Know that the Amazon Store will be running the Amazon Great Indian Sale from September 04 to 08, 2019, where you can find excellent gift ideas at bargain prices.

Backpacking in Vietnam: Keeping Your Outdoor Excursions Safe

Vietnam has been attracting a lot of young Western backpackers in recent years. Visitors are mostly attracted to the country’s more than 3,000 miles of coastline lined with pristine beaches, and to the abundance of forests in mountain ranges. Once bitten by the Asian adventure bug, backpacking nature lovers cannot resist the urge to go back to explore more of what this previously war-torn country has to offer.

However, the issue of safe travel in the country must be given careful attention by those venturing to explore Vietnam’s countryside. In 2016, tragedy struck 3 British adventurers who died after being sucked into a deadly whirlpool in Datania Waterfalls. Although a local acted as guide, reports have it that the fellow was not a registered professional guide.

The official report of the tourist company in charge of managing the Datania Waterfalls, said the three whirlpool victims did not buy official tickets required for canyoning activities. Otherwise, they would have been issued with proper safety equipment and a registered tour guide. In addition, those who intend to explore the area are required to sign a written guarantee that they are in good health condition,

Take Advice from a Seasoned Vietnam Traveler

Simon Calder, a travel correspondent of The Independent, who knows the region, as well as the risks faced when exploring the country’s nature destinations, gives advice on hor to keep their Vietnam outdoor excursions safe.

First off, he says it best to sign up for organized trips with registered adventure tour operators, right in your own country. Mainly because your country requires operators to offer tours that have been risk-assessed in accordance with the regulations of the destination country. Regulations include every aspect of the adventure travel, including proper maintenance of road vehicles, expertise of local guides, appropriate emergency plans and insurance.

Calder explains that If you intend to look for a guide when you arrive at the Ho Chi Minh City airport, you will be bombarded with local tour offers that you will not be able to discern as legit or not; or that their display of license is genuine or not.

Still, Calder quotes the warning of the U.S. State Department, informing travelers that

”While many tour companies advertise endorsements coming from regional and local authorities, it is currently not clear, if reliable inspection mechanisms are in place.”

Based on his own travel experience, Calder offers some other guidelines to consider:

  • Be wary of lower price offers, because it only suggests that some costs involved in their tour operation may have been eliminated.
  • Do not take every offer at face value. Do some research by looking up recommendations from other travelers from both online and ground sources.
  • Ask the operator questions about safety precautions and equipment. Vagueness and hesitancy in discussing these aspects means the tour operator has not taken such matters seriously.
  • Prior to signing up and when you are actually taking the adventure tour, make an inventory of what are included as safety gears for the trip. Activities involving water adventures, naturally require life jackets. On excursions like the ones taken by the three young British explorers who died tragically, safety equipment like reliable rope and harness systems must be included.

Exploring Vietnam is indeed an adventure of a lifetime; but then again, you only have one life to live so don’t ever think it is wise to cut on costs and on corners.

Blind and Deaf Backpacker Tony Giles: Seeing the World His Way While on His Own

Get to know Tony Giles, a.k.a. “Tony the Traveler” who has been to more than 125 countries as a solo backpacker while totally blind and with a hearing impairment. Seeing the world his way was a challenge he set for himself at the age of 16. While attending a special boarding school at Coventry, he saw others afflicted with all sorts of disorders, It was then Tony realized that blindness and being partially deaf were not the most serious disabilities in life.

Born in Weston-Super-Mare, a seaside town located south-west England, Tony was diagnosed at 9 months old to have a rare visual impairment known as Cone Dystrophy and Photo Phobia. He grew up without color nerves at the back of his eye, a condition that gravely exposed his optic nerve to light. At the age of 10, young Tony became totally blind. As he recalls, the last image he saw of the world was of the sun setting down in his hometown.

He gained confidence in traveling on his own, while commuting long distance by train to Exhall Grange, the special school he attended in Coventry. He never lost sight of his goals and of what he wanted to do in the future, even when he was not able to pursue his desire to study British history. Still, Tony heeded a history teacher’s advice by taking up a course in American studies in Northampton University (formerly University College Northampton) in England. In 2001, Tony Giles completed a 2-1 Degree with Honours in American Studies.

How Tony Began his World Travel as a Solo Backpacker

Even before he began with his university education, Tony had already visited Washington and New York in 1998 with a disabled friend. While pursuing his American Studies Degree in 2000, he was given a chance to take up courses at the Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle, South Carolina.

His first solo travel in a foreign land was his trip to New Orleans. It was a turning point because it was then that he realized he could travel on his own, even if he felt overwhelmed by not knowing where he was going.

Tony Giles All Set to See the World

After his first solo trip to New Orleans in March 2000, made it his goal to visit every U.S. state, and thereafter became determined to visit a country every year. In 2001 to 2002, Tony embarked on a five-month travel to visit Australia and New Zealand, as well as Thailand and Vietnam. He made his way to South Africa between 2004 and 2005.

He took trips to Iceland, and Sri Lanka in 2007 and was in Turkey and in Greece in 2009. The latter trip brought another milestone to Tony’s life, as he met the love of his life, a blind Greek girl named Tatiana. Tatiana subsequently wrote books about Tony’s world travel by writing under the pen name Tony the Traveler.

After traveling to more than 125 countries, Tony tells of his many experiences during his many travels, He is quite proud to say that he has bungee jumped 16, times, took to sky diving 3 times, had driven jeeps, motorbikes and even a jet boat, whist getting the hang of jet and water skiing.

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Tony’s rich trove of experiences includes firing an AK-47 in a Nevada shooting range, being at Mali at the height of a military coup, and getting arrested while crossing the Ethiopian border.

Rhodes, Greece : Enrich Your Backpacking Experience with an Array of Medieval Culture

Summer is just around the corner, still enough time to make plans on where to spend some backpacking visits. If you have your sight set on visiting Greece, a good place to be is Rhodes. There, a day of warmth and sunshine can last for about 13 hours, which you can spend savoring all that the island has to offer.

On the average, Rhodes temperature is at 25°C and peaks up to 27°C up to August. Keep in mind though that it could get warmer, should heatwave from the Sahara desert blows in and raises temperatures to 38°C or higher. If you think that a heatwave poses too much discomfort, plan a Rhodes visit near the start of autumn, when temperatures are still warm but tolerable at around 21°C, whilst gradually dropping to 18°C.

Aside from its vast coastline and breathtaking lush green sceneries, a Rhodes exploration includes stepping back in time inside a medieval walled city.

Exploring Rhodes Island via Coastlines and Mountain Roads

Rhodes is part of the Dodecanese group of islands and is in fact the largest, making it the most endowed with golden coastline blessed with a chain of terrific coves. The eastern coastline is mostly rocky beaches, while the western part is largely forested.

If you are to embark on a trekking adventure, the west coast is where you would like to be. Experience an amazing exploration of the rugged shoreline where you will find massive caves, cliffs and rock formations. Once you reach the mountain road, navigate your way through Rhodes’ stunning lush nature, accentuated by numerous picturesque villages.

Travel Back in Time via Rhodes Old Town

Rhodes possesses an exquisite blend of traditional and multiracial culture. A trait exemplified by the combined Byzantine, Italian, Spanish and French architectural styles of the stunning edifices preserved in the medieval city of Rhodes. There, you will see why the UNESCO designated Rhodes Old Town as a World Heritage site, as it showcases different medieval cultural influences through imposing historical castles and impressive ottoman buildings.

Rhodes Old Town is unique as it is surrounded by a medieval wall spanning 4 km long wide, to which 7 majestic gates open. Up to this date, the wall is entrenched with deep moat that served as first line of protection during medieval times.

During the day, immerse yourself in the exploration of towers, bastions, monuments, churches,mosques, castles, museums and bazaars. Stay for the night so can get your fill of the many flavours and textures of traditional cuisine.

Begpackers : Backpackers Traveling Without Money and Without Dignity

Begpackers are on the rise in Southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand, and they are getting to be a nuisance for the locals. Instead of becoming a source of tourism income for a third world country, many visiting Westerners compete with the country’s poor and needy by begging or street-selling.

Caucasian backpackers practically begging for money in the country they visit have been branded as begpackers. They wear signs stating,

”I am traveling around Asia with no money, please support my trip.”

Some others sell postcards they got from other Asian countries, or produce disjointed sounds of ukelele and harmonica music, whilst displaying a sign in their collection box that says

”We are traveling around the world, please support us.”

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Asians are known for being friendly and hospitable, and many of the locals are indignant that those type of tourists are taking advantage of their cultural trait. Locals see white begpackers as the more privileged, because their euros or dollars have greater buying power in the countries from whence they beg. Currently, the exchange rate for one euro is 35 Thai baht, while one US dollar is equivalent to 31 Thai baht.

Still, a group of white begpackers can be seen shamelessly sitting on streets, dressed like some hippie from the 60s, begging for money or selling something as insane as hugs. If it was the other way around, a Thai tourist begging in the UK or in the US will likely be reported and deported.

Other Ways to Backpack with Little or No Money

Backpacking with little or no money is nothing new; but back then, hitchhikers embarking on a trip without money kept their dignity intact by taking on odd jobs. Others who run out of funds simply ask someone from their family back home to send them money: promising payback once they land a temporary job.

Some tourists have had the misfortune of losing their money by becoming victims of theft or burglary. As recourse, they go to their respective embassy and ask for assistance so they can go home. The more privileged travelers usually carry credit cards as fallback, in case they run out of money while traveling.

Begpackers in Thailand Have Prompted Formulation of Stricter Visiting Policies

Apparently, begpackers are simply following the concept of crowdfunding; that of soliciting money from people willing to contribute minimal amounts to fund a worthy cause.

The idea though, does not sit well with other Western tourists because any action taken by the government of Thailand to address the growing number of begpackers, will likely affect all visitors. Actually, latest reports have it that Thai immigration officials will introduce a new policy. Tourists or foreign students will be required to present proof that they have at least $748 or 20,000 baht in cash, before they receive permission to enter Thailand.

Google Equips Canal & River Trust Volunteer-Hikers with Newly Upgraded Street View Backpacks

In connection with a project to map out more of England and Wales’ historical sites, Google has sent a number of Canal & River Trust volunteer-hikers on a backpacking mission. The lucky hikers will each be taking along Google’s newly upgraded Trekker to capture Street View images in the most remote areas. Google will then use those images to map out canals and waterways. The trekking mission started at Regent’s Canal in London through the “Seven of Wonders of the Waterways” in England, up to Stoke Bruerne in South Northamptonshire, one of the many most picturesque canal villages in the country.

Once accomplished, this will surely make backpacking adventure  in England even more enjoyable than it already is.

About Google’s Upgraded Street View Trekker

The Google Trekker backpack has made the task of mapping out the most remote locations possible; particularly routes to the world’s extraordinary destinations including those located in cities with complex structures and in developing countries.

Light enough to carry in a hiker’s backpack, the Street View device can be set up in automobiles, boats or even in zip lines. In December 2018, Google released an upgraded version, still outfitted with 15 cameras capable of capturing 360 degree images every 2.5 seconds, but lighter at 40 lbs.instead of the previous 44 lbs. The upgrades include broader aperture and higher-resolution sensors to produce photos with sharper images.

Not anyone can get a Google Trekker though, as it is made available only to non-profit organizations, government agencies, tourism boards, university research groups and other similar undertakings via Google’s Trekker Loan Program.

About Canal & River Trust

Canal & River Trust is a charitable organisation founded in 2012 to take on the lifetime task of caring for 2,000 miles of 200-year-old waterways running as canals and rivers in aqueducts, tunnels, reservoirs, under bridges and along docks.

Safety First: Is the Thrill of Tombstoning Worth the Risks?

Some hikers plan on tombstoning  when off to mountainous areas located along coastlines or rivers. Trekking along slippery cliffs is already dangerous as it is. Deliberately jumping off from a high cliff into the waiting arms of the open water below is even more dangerous.

Jumping off high cliffs is a practice common to surfers who want to avoid navigating through turbulent breakers. Surfers though apply caution by making sure the height from where they will jump is reasonable enough for a safe leap. Non-surfers who tried the cliff-jumping act were thrilled by the adrenaline rush, likening the blood-pumping experience as one that is similar to the thrills of engaging in extreme sports. The stunt then became known as tombstoning and went on to become a popular craze.

However, the alarming rate by which fatal tombstoning incidents and critical near-death injuries happened in the past 10 years, has raised concerns of government authorities. More so when they learned teenagers, ages 11 and higher, are taking part in tombstoning challenges. The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) describes tombstoning as

“a high-risk, unregulated activity, undertaken by unsupervised individuals”

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Why is Tombstoning Branded as a Dangerous Form of Recreation?

According to the MCA, most of the outcomes of the hundreds of adverse tombstoning incidents they encountered yearly, often resulted to fatality; or to severe injuries that eventually lead to death, or to permanent brain or bodily damages.

The MCA explained that water depth tends to change along with the movement of the tide. The open water may be actually shallower, in which rocks and other formations are not immediately visible. Moreover, the shock of hitting cold water can stun, and make it difficult for the jumper to swim. In some cases, tombstoning divers unknowingly drop into strong currents that instantly sweep them away.

On its part, the British Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has banned any form of advertisements using tombstoning as enticement, when promoting a travel destination.

Deep Cleaning a Hiking Backpack

A sturdy hiking backpack is an important investment for those inclined to spend most of their free time in the great outdoors. After all, the type of pack used to carry numerous important hiking gears must be robust enough to withstand any kind of environment, climate and weather.

Most hiking aficionados prefer to invest on the legit expensive types. Those are the kinds that come with unconditional warranty for several years; suggestive of the manufacturer’s guarantee on the durability of materials and method used in constructing every piece of backpack they make.

Deep Cleaning a Backpack Necessitates Use of a Portable Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Since hiking backpacks tend to take on different kinds of dirt and grime, there is a need to deep clean them once an outdoor adventurer gets home. Although soaking, wiping and soft-brushing the soiled area are good enough ways to clean a backpack, those that went through tougher travels are likely to have accumulated more dirt and grime. You may have failed to remove some of the soil, sand and gravel from your tent or sleeping bag, before packing them back in your backpack.

Turning the bag inside out and vigorously shaking out the dirt may not be enough, as some of the small particles would have found their way inside seams and zippers. When deep cleaning your hiking backpack, you will find it necessary to use a handy vacuum cleaner that can suck up dirt not visible to the human eye. Even if you apply vigorous brushing, such actions can only weaken the seams and/or zippers in time.

It is important to prevent dirt build up because those are the main attractors of mold and mildew, which are carriers of microorganisms that thrive in moist environments. Thoroughly drying your hiking backpack therefore, is another must, before putting it in storage.

Type of Vacuum Cleaner to Use in Deep Cleaning a Hiking Backpack

Portable handheld vacuum cleaners can almost do the job. A better alternative though is the type used for cleaning carpets, which some brands refer to as an electric-floor sweeper . It is a cleaning apparatus specifically designed to thoroughly clean any size, or kind of surface, by way of strategically positioned brush rolls that can easily pick up small or large-size debris; including hard-to-see pet hairs.

By the way, use a portable electric floor sweeper on a backpack that has been turned inside out, before proceeding with the basic soaking, wiping, brushing and drying procedures. That way, you will be dealing with less dirt and grime during the cleaning process.

Importance of Using a Bag or Case When Transporting Airsoft Guns

Regardless of the laws imposed by a state or country in which an airsoft gun is being transported, it is always wise and proper to use a bag or case in carrying a mock firearm.

When in public places, keeping replica sniper rifles and handguns out of view is mainly for the safety of the airsoft gun carrier. As it is, fear and apprehension at the sight of a firearm carried openly in public places, have been sown by the spate of random mass shootings occurring nearly every year.

Only recently in January 2019, a man carrying two assault rifles in his back was seen coming out of the freeway in Albuquerque near Eubank and I-40. The sight caused quite a scare, to which concerned citizens started flooding 911 with calls and putting nearby neighborhoods on alert. Two schools, the Kennedy Middle and Tomasina Elementary Schools were locked down as additional precaution.

Fortunately, the responding Albuquerque police did not use violence in accosting the rifle-carrying individual. It turned out later that the supposed weapon was a realistic looking airsoft rifle.

It was probably the best airsoft sniper rifle in the market. Everyone, even the police officer in charge and the news people who were covering the incident, thought it was a genuine assault rifle. Besides, slinging the airsoft rifle on one’s back while in a public place, is a method most definitely discouraged by airsoft communities.

What Type of Bag Should Be Used

Although there are the so-called tactical bags, load out bags and rifle cases, the range of choices are not limited to those types of carriers. In recent years, the make of backpacks and duffle bags have become robust and versatile. Some other airsoft aficionados suggest using a guitar case or the luggage-type attached to a stroller, as those types of alternative carrier bags offer greater protection against accidental damage.

Alternative carriers are in fact recommended as they do not attract attention or draw suspicion, if only for purposes of transporting a replica weapon to the recreational battle site.

Consider Professionally Crafted Self-Guided Trips for Hiking Adventures

Most hikers who have come to develop well-rounded skills in trekking routes, venture to explore the world on their own. The only thing that will make them resort to packaged tours, is when they lack the time needed to research about a travel destination, organize an itinerary and make all the booking arrangements necessary. After all, one cannot just go off on a vacation leave without making sure that every task that needs to be done has been accomplished. There are instances though, when little time is left to make a sound plan for a long-awaited, off-to-hiking vacation.

What is a Self-Guided Trip?

The great news is that most adventure tour providers are also offering self-guided trips for those wishing to explore a hiking destination on their own. This type of service will take on all the planning, including mapping out of routes and furnishing all information needed by a self-guided traveler.

Awesome even is that planning takes into consideration the skills, interests and preferences of the hiker. That way, from start off point, throughout the entire hiking adventure, up to finish, the self-guided venturer can proceed with confidence.

What to Expect from Self-Guided Trips

Providers of Self-Guided travels create a bespoke hiking plan  for the explorer; using information drawn from years of experience, and from connections established as expert travel/ tour guides. The tour company undertakes paying out in advance, travel accommodations and basic meals agreed to and confirmed by the traveler.

Information provided is comprehensive, as it will include not only topographical maps; but also trail notes, alternate routes, modes of transfers, refuge centers, and even where one can get laundry services.

Hiking Destination: Machu Picchu in Peru

Blaze your way to the fabled “lost citadel” of Machu Picchu in Peru, by hiking through the trail used by the Incas from as far back as the 15th century. The trailblazing experience is shrouded with spirituality, as hikers come across sacred valleys surrounded with mysterious history

.Machu Picchu – The Crown Jewel of Peru

Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city perched high in the Andes Mountains between two towering peaks . Now listed as one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World”, the ancient city was unknown to the outside world for centuries. Hiram Bingham, an archaeologist, rediscovered the abandoned city in 1911. He marveled at the stone walls, edifices, and caves found in the citadel, revealing intricate Inca carvings, enigmatic altars, and about 600 well-engineered terraces.

Present day visitors wending their way to the central plaza of Machu Picchu will have close glimpses of revered sites such as those of the Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Moon, Temple of the Condor, and Temple of the Three Windows.

An actual venture into Machu Picchu’s ancient grounds  make visitors wonder why a city so marvelously built had been abandoned.

What to Bring When Trailblazing Your Way to Machu Picchu

Planning for a Machu Picchu hiking adventure starts with booking a flight to Lima, and from there transferring by way of plane or train to Cusco. After which, book for an overnight stay at Cusco, or at Urubamba, or at Ollantaytambo. Guided tours usually bring hikers to the first Inca Trail Check at around 7:00 a.m. on Day 2, where you will have to show your passport before entering the Inca Trail.

Consult with your tour guides, regarding the particular types of clothing not allowed when traveling via the trail. Don’t forget to include a jacket or rain gear in your backpack, as rains are likely to occur. Moreover, know the dimension of the backpack  you can bring inside Machu Picchu, as the oversize types are not allowed.

It will take 3 days of hiking before reaching Machu Picchu, so make sure you have a hat and enough sunscreen on hand. During the period, you will be making ascents and descents through valleys. The trek will have you passing through communities, doing some sight-seeing,  to end daily with an overnight stay at designated campsites.

That goes without saying that you will have to bring sleeping bags or tents, mosquito repellents, as well as food to cook with your camping cookware. It is important to bring an ample amount of cash not only for buying souvenirs, but also to spend on bathrooms.

While hiking along the Inca Trail, you may chance upon some of the furry animals called chinchillas. In case you are interested in bringing one home, check with the local authorities in the area if they will allow you to do so. Just be sure you can prove you know how to take care of them, and of their needs, particularly about the right type of cages for chinchillas. Keep in mind that although it is legal to keep them as pets, the gentle creatures are already listed as Endangered Species in the IUCN Red List.

On Day 4, you will have reached the Sun Gate between 7-8 am, and from there descend a flight of stairs to reach the final checkpoint. Exploring the city on your own can be arranged with tour guides, since you will only be having a 2-hour guided tour.

Gear-Up for a Backpacking Adventure in Ireland

One of the best places to visit for a backpacking adventure is Ireland. Aside from being home to city’s filled with cultural festivals, historical sites and posh traditional pubs, Ireland abounds with landscapes that can truly warm the heart of backpacking nature lovers.

Bring out your favorite Granite Gear backpack and make plans for a most exhilarating backpacking adventure in the Emerald Island. Although divided as a nation, one being the Republic of Ireland in the south, and the other represented by Northern Ireland as remaining territory of the United Kingdom, this does not mean there is a limit to exploring all the breathtaking landscapes the island has to offer.

Modes of Transport

Initially, roads leading to the Green Island’s remote scenic spots can be traversed by way of the rail network but only up to certain points. Running 8 times daily between Belfast and Dublin Connolly, stops are at train stations located in Cork, Galway, Derry-Londonderry and Sligo. To reach the most remote scenic countrysides, transport is available by way of buses provided by the Republic’s Bus Éireann, and Northern Ireland’s Translink. The great news is that there other bus services offered by private companies, providing rides in areas not serviced by the 2 national buses.

Those wishing to travel at a faster pace, combine walking and hitchhiking as means of reaching lesser-known rural areas. Just like in any country, travellers though, are advised not to hitchhike, since this mode of transport is generally regarded as unsafe. Some others anticipate long road treks and bring along a foldable electric scooter. After all, an adult electric scooter can run at a speed of 15.5 to 20 miles per hour for short-distance travels, covering between 15 to 20 miles. Charging one is not a problem either, because travelers can always find a hostel, bed & breakfast home or farm running on electricity, even in the most remote areas.

Popular Places to Visit When in Ireland

Backpacking visitors though do not have to go far to visit the most popular scenic destinations in Ireland. To name a few, the following places are among the numerous reasons why many find a trip to Ireland the most exhilarating experience.

County Meath – Home to many of Ireland’s historic monuments, the most revered of which are the ancient megalithic passage tombs of Newgrange, Dowth and Knowth. The burial sites are said to be older than the UK Stonehenge and Egypt’s Pyramid of Giza.

Ring of Kerry – The green sceneries here are literally picture perfect, having been captured for postcards, used as subjects of romantic songs, poems and for cinematographic purposes.

Cliffs of Moher – Rising 702 feet above the Atlantic ocean, and stretching nearly 5 miles, the seascape and landscape of the Cliffs provide visitors with the entire view of the Emerald Island.

The Giant’s Causeway –  A coastal area located in County Antrim, that boasts of basalt pillars and stepping stones formed by volcanic eruptions that transpired as far back as 60 million years ago.

The Aran Islands – Composed of smaller islands, Inisheer, Inishmaan and Inishmór, in which rural locals have carefully preserved traditional Irish culture for several centuries.